Why Southeast Asia and Australia’s Coral Reefs Became So Rich in Species” by Yin, Steph

Questions and answers on “Why Southeast Asia and Australia’s Coral Reefs Became So Rich in Species” by Yin, Steph

  1. What was the purpose of the paper, that is, what was the paper testing or what was its real objective?

The paper “Why Southeast Asia and Australia’s Coral Reefs Became So Rich in Species” affirms that biodiversity contains much richness and beauty that humanity may have yet seen. However, this beauty may soon be extinct if humanity does not take action globally to conserve the environment and safeguard it.

  1. What aspect of the paper did you find to be most interesting?

The process that researchers used to trace the lineage of living species through the process of evolutionary tree is quite interesting. Yin explains how researchers would use computer simulations and statistics to infer the origin of various ancestors and the timelines upon which their lineages may have shifted to different places.

  1. What aspect of the paper was most confusing?

It became particularly confusing when the author asserts that biodiversity is here to stay, then proceeds to add Mary Wisz claim that it may take a few decades to destroy the same biodiversity.

  1. Which graphical presentation was most helpful and which was most confusing and Why? (If there are NO graphs, you do not need to answer this question.)

The article contained no graphs.

  1. What was the most important point of the paper, that is, what is the message the paper is trying to convey?

Yin declares that more than half a billion of the world population depends on coral reefs for income, food as well as protection of their coast. However, the same human population does not yet realize this and through their actions such as greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution activities, the atmosphere will warm up by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2040. This kind of climate change will impact the lives of ocean organisms and destroy the coral reefs.

  1. What question would you like to ask the author to increase your understanding of his/her subject area?

Being a call to action to safeguard our environment and most specifically the coral reefs, the author ought to share more intervention strategies to make this happen. The paper is well crafted with several supporting documents on the nature of danger we are putting our ecosystem, however, real concrete actions to take to avert this crisis does not come out at all.

 

 

Work Cited

Yin, Steph. “Why Southeast Asia and Australia’s Coral Reefs Became So Rich in Species.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 17 Oct. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/10/17/science/coral-reef-biodiversity.html.